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DI3 - A New Procedure for Absolute Directional Measurements

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A Geese ,

Institut für Geophysik und Extraterrestrische Physik, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Mendelssohnstr. 3, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany
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U Auster,

Institut für Geophysik und Extraterrestrische Physik, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Mendelssohnstr. 3, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany
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M Korte

Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, Stiftung des Öffentlichen Rechts des Landes Brandenburg, Telegrafenberg, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
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Abstract

The standard observatory procedure for determining a geomagnetic field's declination and inclination absolutely is the DI-flux measurement. The instrument consists of a non-magnetic theodolite equipped with a single-axis fluxgate magnetometer. Additionally, a scalar magnetometer is needed to provide all three components of the field. Using only 12 measurement steps, all systematic errors can be accounted for, but if only one of the readings is wrong, the whole measurement has to be rejected. We use a three-component sensor on top of the theodolites telescope. By performing more measurement steps, we gain much better control of the whole procedure: As the magnetometer can be fully calibrated by rotating about two independent directions, every combined reading of magnetometer output and theodolite angles provides the absolute field vector. We predefined a set of angle positions that the observer has to try to achieve. To further simplify the measurement procedure, the observer is guided by a pocket pc, in which he has only to confirm the theodolite position. The magnetic field is then stored automatically, together with the horizontal and vertical angles. The DI3 measurement is periodically performed at the Niemegk Observatory, allowing for a direct comparison with the traditional measurements.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.2481/dsj.IAGA-08
How to Cite: Geese, A., Auster, U. & Korte, M., (2011). DI3 - A New Procedure for Absolute Directional Measurements. Data Science Journal. 10, pp.IAGA47–IAGA51. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2481/dsj.IAGA-08
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Published on 22 Jun 2011.
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